SC Justice Leonen addresses UP Manila Class of 2018

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UP Manila graduates taking the Pledge of Loyalty to the Alma Mater. (Photo by Abraham Arboleda, UP MPRO)
UP Manila graduates taking the Pledge of Loyalty to the Alma Mater. (Photo by Abraham Arboleda, UP MPRO)

 

The University of the Philippines Manila, the nation’s Health Sciences Center, held its 109th Commencement Exercises at the Philippine International Convention Center on June 22, 2018. A total of 1,095 members of UP Manila Class of 2018 were conferred their titles and degrees.

With the theme, “Iskolar ng Bayan Manindigan para sa KKK: Katotohanan, Katarungan, at Karapatan”, Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic M.V.F. Leonen delivered the commencement address at UP Manila’s graduation rites this year.

In his message, Leonen urged the audience to ”. . . find the patience to read, to think, to share, to organize and then to act. . .” as he explained that genuine democracies were founded on truth, “real conversations”, social justice, “collective consciousness, and collective action”. “Do not be silent in the face of injustice,” he advised the graduates.

“As you leave the great gates of this University, may you also be haunted by these words, and I share them with you: Kung hindi tayo kikilos, sino ang kikilos? Kung hindi ngayon, kailan pa? Iskolar ng Bayan, paglingkuran ang sambayanan!” concluded Leonen.

Martin M. Mamangon, graduating with a BS Public Health, spoke on behalf of the graduating class after the ceremonial distribution of diplomas, awarding of honor graduates, and hooding of doctoral candidates.

After the induction of graduates into the UP Alumni Association and the UP Manila Alumni Association, members of the graduating class held a lightning protest in front of the stage to denounce “tyrannical and anti-people” policies of the Duterte administration, such as the TRAIN law, martial law in Mindanao, extrajudicial killings, and rising impunity, among others.

UP Manila has nine degree granting units, namely: College of Allied Medical Professions (CAMP), College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), College of Dentistry (CD), College of Medicine (CM), College of Nursing (CN), College of Pharmacy (CP), College of Public Health (CPH), National Teacher Training Center for the Health Professions (NTTC-HP), and the School of Health Sciences (SHS). (Fred Dabu, UP MPRO)

 

University of the Philippines System and UP Manila officials pose with Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic M.V.F. Leonen at the Philippine International Convention Center lobby prior to the UP Manila Commencement Exercises. (Photo by Abraham Arboleda, UP MPRO)
University of the Philippines System and UP Manila officials pose with Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic M.V.F. Leonen at the Philippine International Convention Center lobby prior to the UP Manila Commencement Exercises. (Photo by Abraham Arboleda, UP MPRO)

 

Members of the UP Manila Class of 2018. (Photo by Abraham Arboleda, UP MPRO)
Members of the UP Manila Class of 2018. (Photo by Abraham Arboleda, UP MPRO)

 

UP Manila Chancellor Carmencita D. Padilla introduces the commencement speaker. (Photo by Abraham Arboleda, UP MPRO)
UP Manila Chancellor Carmencita D. Padilla introduces the commencement speaker. (Photo by Abraham Arboleda, UP MPRO)

 

Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic M.V.F. Leonen delivers the commencement address at UP Manila’s graduation rites. (Photo by Abraham Arboleda, UP MPRO)
Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic M.V.F. Leonen delivers the commencement address at UP Manila’s graduation rites. (Photo by Abraham Arboleda, UP MPRO)

 

Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic M.V.F. Leonen receives the Plaque of Appreciation from UP Manila Chancellor Carmencita D. Padilla. (Photo by Abraham Arboleda, UP MPRO)
Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic M.V.F. Leonen receives the Plaque of Appreciation from UP Manila Chancellor Carmencita D. Padilla. (Photo by Abraham Arboleda, UP MPRO)

 

A UP Manila graduate receiving her diploma from Chancellor Carmencita D. Padilla and Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs Nymia P. Simbulan. (Photo by Abraham Arboleda, UP MPRO)
A UP Manila graduate receiving her diploma from Chancellor Carmencita D. Padilla and Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs Nymia P. Simbulan. (Photo by Abraham Arboleda, UP MPRO)

 

UP officials, together with Chancellor Carmencita D. Padilla, distribute diplomas, award medals, and assist in the hooding of UP Manila graduates. (Photos by Abraham Arboleda, UP MPRO)

UP officials, together with Chancellor Carmencita D. Padilla, distribute diplomas, award medals, and assist in the hooding of UP Manila graduates. (Photos by Abraham Arboleda, UP MPRO)

UP officials, together with Chancellor Carmencita D. Padilla, distribute diplomas, award medals, and assist in the hooding of UP Manila graduates. (Photos by Abraham Arboleda, UP MPRO)
UP officials, together with Chancellor Carmencita D. Padilla, distribute diplomas, award medals, and assist in the hooding of UP Manila graduates. (Photos by Abraham Arboleda, UP MPRO)

 

BS Public Health graduate Martin M. Mamangon delivers his message on behalf of Class 2018. (Photo by Abraham Arboleda, UP MPRO)
BS Public Health graduate Martin M. Mamangon delivers his message on behalf of Class 2018. (Photo by Abraham Arboleda, UP MPRO)

 

UP System Executive Vice President Teodoro J. Herbosa leads the graduates in making the Pledge of Loyalty to the Alma Mater. (Photo by Abraham Arboleda, UP MPRO)
UP System Executive Vice President Teodoro J. Herbosa leads the graduates in making the Pledge of Loyalty to the Alma Mater. (Photo by Abraham Arboleda, UP MPRO)

 

Hon. Ramon M. Maronilla, UP Alumni Regent and President of the UP Alumni Association, inducts the graduates into the UP Alumni Association. (Photo by Abraham Arboleda, UP MPRO)
Hon. Ramon M. Maronilla, UP Alumni Regent and President of the UP Alumni Association, inducts the graduates into the UP Alumni Association. (Photo by Abraham Arboleda, UP MPRO)

 

(Photo by Abraham Arboleda, UP MPRO)
(Photo by Abraham Arboleda, UP MPRO)

 

Mr. Rene Madarang, President of the UP Manila Alumni Association, inducts the graduates into the UP Manila Alumni Association. (Photo by Abraham Arboleda, UP MPRO)
Mr. Rene Madarang, President of the UP Manila Alumni Association, inducts the graduates into the UP Manila Alumni Association. (Photo by Abraham Arboleda, UP MPRO)

 

UP Manila graduates are inducted into the UP Manila Alumni Association. (Photo by Abraham Arboleda, UP MPRO)
UP Manila graduates are inducted into the UP Manila Alumni Association. (Photo by Abraham Arboleda, UP MPRO)

 

Members of the graduating class conduct a lightning rally to denounce “tyrannical and anti-people” policies of the Duterte administration. (Photo by Abraham Arboleda, UP MPRO)
Members of the graduating class conduct a lightning rally to denounce “tyrannical and anti-people” policies of the Duterte administration. (Photo by Abraham Arboleda, UP MPRO)

 

Members of the graduating class raise their fists to show solidarity during the lightning protest against the “tyrannical and anti-people” policies of the Duterte administration. (Photos by Abraham Arboleda, UP MPRO)

Members of the graduating class raise their fists to show solidarity during the lightning protest against the “tyrannical and anti-people” policies of the Duterte administration. (Photos by Abraham Arboleda, UP MPRO)
Members of the graduating class raise their fists to show solidarity during the lightning protest against the “tyrannical and anti-people” policies of the Duterte administration. (Photos by Abraham Arboleda, UP MPRO)

 

With raised fists, the graduates triumphantly cap the commencement exercises with the singing of the UP Naming Mahal. (Photo by Abraham Arboleda, UP MPRO
With raised fists, the graduates triumphantly cap the commencement exercises with the singing of the UP Naming Mahal. (Photo by Abraham Arboleda, UP MPRO)

 

(Photo by Abraham Arboleda, UP MPRO)
(Photo by Abraham Arboleda, UP MPRO)